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CASTINE, Maine - Maine’s official state vessel, the schooner Bowdoin, will be participating in numerous events throughout the summer and fall to support local and regional communities. Owned by Maine Maritime Academy and homeported in Castine, Maine, the Bowdoin’s mission is to provide sail training for students and the public, as well as to support recruiting and community relations.

Looking out through the end of August (as of July 5th), the Bowdoin will be at the following events or locations:

July 6-7: Hand-Davis-Dobson Vessel Homecoming (Fairhaven MA)
July 8-9: Tall Ships of America (Newport RI)
July 13: Portland Yacht Club (Portland)
July 14: Cheabeague Island Yacht Club
July 16: Return to Castine
July 17-20: Unavailable/Maintenance, docked in Castine                                                                    
July 21: MMA Auction Sail
July 22: MMA Auction Sail
July 23: Mountain Alliance Group
July 25: Unavailable
July 26: DE Health Services
July 27: Castine Historical Society
July 28: Bucksport Bay Festival
July 29-31: Unavailable/Maintenance-Prep for training cruise, docked in Castine
August 1-14: Training Cruise
August 17-30: Training Cruise

The Schooner Bowdoin was built during the winter of 1920-21 for the famed Arctic explorer Donald B. MacMillan, and launched from Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine. At 88 feet long, 21 feet wide, and weighing 66 tons, the Bowdoin is the smallest vessel designed expressly for Arctic work. In 1921-22, the design of the ship proved to be perfect for MacMillan’s Arctic work, and he sailed the Bowdoin more than 300,000 miles over 26 voyages through the frozen North in exploration and scientific studies. The Bowdoin was completely rebuilt in 1980-84 by Maine Maritime Museum’s boatshop, Percy & Small Shipyard. It has been the official state vessel of Maine since 1988.

Dates and times are subject to change as commitments are secured. For more information, email
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